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Hello Mr. Stobaugh,

I just wanted to let you know I got my AP English Language & Comp score. I got a 5!!!! Thanks so much for all your help and hard work. I couldn't have done it without your help.

Thanks so much!
Have a great summer
-Alyssa

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WHAT? A College Prep/SAT/ACT Prep Week

Grades 7 through 12

WHO? Dr. James P. Stobaugh

James P. Stobaugh (Jim) met his future wife at Harvard University. Jim and Karen Stobaugh have four home-educated adult children. Jim’s education includes a BA cum laude, Vanderbilt; MA, Rutgers; MDiv, Princeton Seminary; Charles E. Merrill Fellow, Harvard University; DMin, Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Jim hold teacher certification credentials (secondary, doctorate level) in four states. For nearly half a century, Jim has been a counselor for SAT/ACT preparation and college admission. Recently, he began starting a college admission mentoring and recruitment service. He regularly works with Tier One universities in recruitment efforts among taciturn, but highly qualified demographic groups (e.g., Christian private schools and homeschoolers). His students are recruited by the most competitive universities in the world. Meanwhile, Jim is the pastor of an evangelical church at Boswell, Pennsylvania. In the Laurel Highlands, Jim and Karen reside on their farm, the Shepherd’s Glen.

WHEN? March 8, 9, 10, 2018

WHERE? Coolwater Christian Church

28181 N. 56th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85266


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The purpose of this workshop is to prepare parents to plan for, and to implement, a high school program (grades 9-12).

Topics include:

  1. High School Overview: What is it? How will I know when my students are ready?
  2. How do I mediate learning to prepare my learning challenged students?
  3. How do I choose a curricula?
  4. How do I write goals and objectives?
  5. How do I prepare a winning transcript? How do I keep records?
  6. What is the difference between AP and other college credit choices? Which one do I choose?
  7. What about a gap year? Apprenticeship?
  8. How do I teach certain subjects (e.g., literary analysis)?
  9. It is a war out there: How do I prepare for the coming culture war? How do I prepare my student to be an Overcomer in a hostile secular university?

The purpose of this seminar is to prepare parents and students for college admission and college success.

Topics include:

  1. Early Admission Strategies: Early Action? Early Decision? Regular Admission?
  2. Admission Priorities: What is most important? GPA? SAT/ACT?
  3. Financial Aid Options & Strategies: How can I create a winning narrative for financial aid committees?
  4. AP, CLEP, Dual Enrollment - which one is best?
  5. College Application Essay: How do I do this?
  6. Secular vs. Christian College: What does it mean to be a “Christian” college and which one is for my student?
  7. 9-12th Grade Preparation Timeline: What is the chronology of my preparation?
  8. PSAT: What is it and should my student take it?
  9. SAT & ACT Preparation: How do I implement an aggressive SAT/ACT prep program for my student?

The purpose of this workshop is to give grades 6-12 students and parents an overview of how to write.

Topics include:

  1. Literary Analysis: How to evaluate the classics?
  2. Writing in the Trivium: How to write critically?
  3. Reading Skills: How to read and comprehend difficult texts?
  4. Rhetorical Skills: How to write different essays (expository, academic, persuasive)?
  5. AP Writing: How to write on a college level?
  6. Fiction writing: How to write prose fiction, poetry, & drama?

*Students may submit an essay (of no more than 750 words) for Dr. Stobaugh to evaluate. All written work must be submitted before February 15, 2018.


The elementary years should build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. Often much of our focus is placed on learning content and not on developing strong thinking skills. Understanding how the brain functions helps us cooperate with our Creator as we teach. We can learn from the example of our Lord Jesus, our Mediator, to encourage a hunger for learning in our students.

Goals for this workshop:

  1. To review & sharpen your teaching strategies
  2. To highlight the importance of developing thinking skills and not just learning contentM
  3. To consider the role of mediator

Traditionally spelling has been taught with a heavy emphasis on memory. You remember those Friday spelling tests! Unfortunately, the application of spelling in written work is not always successful.

Goals for this workshop:

  1. To understand the integrative skills needed for good spelling.
  2. To highlight the importance of developing thinking skills and not just memorizing to pass a test.
  3. To learn and apply the rules of spelling, including syllabication.

The purpose of this workshop is to give grades 6-12 students and parents an overview of worldview.

Topics include:

  1. Worldview: What is it?
  2. Worldview: Cultural vs. Political Worldviews?
  3. Writing: Worldview in literature?
  4. Cinema: Worldview in movies?
  5. AP Writing: How to write on a college level?
  6. Worldview: Writing my own worldview statement?

We all like the happy ending stories, but what about the stories that appear not to have happy endings. . . After faithful home schooling, what if all our best efforts seem to fail . . . what if our child(ren) choose not to walk with God? We will look at Biblical examples, share stories and encourage one another.

Goals for this workshop:

  1. To gain God’s perspective
  2. To recognize that we are not alone in our fears in this journey
  3. To develop prayer strategies

The purpose of this seminar is to prepare grades 8-12 students to prepare for the SAT college admission exam.

Topics include:

  1. SAT Overview: In general what is the SAT and why should I take it?
  2. General Preparation Strategies: Why general preparation strategies should I enjoy?
  3. SAT Verbal Preparation Strategies: How do I prepare for the English writing & vocabulary-in-context components of the SAT?
  4. SAT Math: How do I prepare for the word problem-rich math portion of SAT?
  5. ACT Essay: How do I prepare for the optional SAT essay?
  6. Special Needs: How do I obtain special testing for my learning challenged student?
  7. Last Minute Preparation: How do I prepare for the SAT if I only have a week?

*Dr. Stobaugh will provide each student a practice SAT and an SAT essay that students may submit before, but not after, February 15, 2018.


This workshop addresses the unique opportunities in teaching children who learn differently. Both academic and social differences will be addressed. It will include an interactive time to learn, share and exchange helpful interventions and resources.

Goals for this workshop are:

  1. To address difficulties while keeping how the brain functions in mind.
  2. To give opportunities to share resources and dilemmas
  3. To encourage success in the midst of challenging teaching opportunities

The purpose of this seminar is to prepare grades 8-12 students to prepare for the ACT college admission exam.

Topics include:

  1. ACT Overview: In general what is the ACT and why should I take it?
  2. General Preparation Strategies: Why general preparation strategies should I enjoy?
  3. ACT English, Reading, & Writing Preparation Strategies: How do I prepare for the English grammar & vocabulary components of the ACT?
  4. ACT Math & Science: How do I prepare for the reading-rich math & science parts of the ACT?
  5. ACT Essay: How do I prepare for the optional ACT essay?
  6. Special Needs: How do I obtain special testing for my learning challenged student?
  7. Last Minute Preparation: How do I prepare for the ACT if I only have a week?

*Dr. Stobaugh will provide each student a practice ACT and an ACT essay that students may submit before, but not after, February 15, 2018.


First come - first served


After December 31, 2017, price goes up $50

Parents and grandparents of students attend free.

Contact Dr. Stobaugh to request scholarship/aid

info@forsuchatimeasthis.com - Phone: (814) 479-7710

- Dr. Stobaugh’s material, online courses, and instruction are NCAA compliant. -
- Likewise, his AP courses--syllabi, material, and assessment--are CollegeBoard audited (approved). -